"Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.
The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."
Performance Dates: 6/21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30*; 7/5, 6, 7
Performance Dates: 6/21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30*; 7/5, 6, 7
Meet The Cast
Leading off the cast in the peculiar but strange role of (Mortimer) is Kana Coonce. Kana was recently seen on the Forst Inn Stage in a number of productions including November, Mistletoe Musings, Black Patent Leather Shoes and The 39 Steps. When it comes to biographical details, Kana leans toward whimsy and tends to leave all summary to outside and mystical forces. For this particular show and character, that would probably mean that you'll need to look to Mortimer’s bios from his previous productions to learn anything useful about Kana's experiences or plans.
Vanessa Guillen (Luisa) is a student at Kewaunee High School and is in the graduating class of 2020. She has been involved in many productions throughout her school years including Suessical the Musical, The Music Man, Annie, Cinderella, and most recently You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. She loves every aspect of theater, from opening nights to final curtain calls. Vanessa is looking forward to being involved in multiple performances at the Forst Inn this summer. She is extremely grateful to her music director, Erin LaFond, for presenting theater opportunities to her, as well as her family for their constant support and love.
Phillip Jindra (El Gallo) is excited to be performing in the Forst Inn's second season. He has been a member of the Forst Inn Arts Collective since its inception in 2017. Phillip has degrees in Theatre Arts and Vocal Music Performance from Lawrence University and completed an internship with Peninsula Players in 2016. He enjoys working on stage as a performer as well as offstage as a director, musician, designer, and occasional critic. He is an active member of The Masquers and has worked with several other local theatre groups. Thanks to Tessa and his family for all their love and support.
Tessa Komorowski (The Mute) has been involved in many productions with Peter Quince Performing Company, Masquers, UW Manitowoc, and The Forst Inn. Some of Tessa's favorite roles include “Delilah Strict” in Zombie Prom, “Becky” in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Reflect Up, “Drowsy” in The Drowsy Chaperone, and “Olive” in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Tessa has choral directed for Quince's production of Seussical, choreographed for Lutheran High's production of Annie, Directed Godspell for Quince, Stage Managed/Tech directed I do I do along with a bunch of other wonderful opportunities she has been able to do.Tessa is always happy to be working along side her good friends and her supportive boyfriend Phillip.
Corey McElroy (Hucklebee) is excited to return to theatre after a twenty year break from acting. He was recently on the Forst Inn stage as Howard in Death of A Salesman. Corey was active in theatre in high school and college. He has been seen in various productions at Theatre on the Bay in Marinette, WI and Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. Some of his favorite roles include Kenickie in Grease, Matt in The Fantasticks, Jay in Lost in Younkers, and The Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe.
Jeremy Pelegrin (Bellamy) returns to the Forst Inn after appearing in 2018’s Hello Again and Putnam County Spelling Bee. In the Green Bay area, Jeremy has enjoyed performing with Daddy D Productions, Birder Players, St. Norbert Music Theatre, Theatre Z, and Evergreen Productions, where he was last seen in the title role of Lombardi. Jeremy earned his Theatre Arts degree from UW Stevens Point and went on to perform at dinner theaters and theme parks around the country. His Florida credits include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Mark II Dinner Theatre and The Golden Apple. Some of Jeremy’s favorite roles have been in They’re Playing Our Song (Vernon), Into the Woods (Jack), You’re a Good Man...(Charlie Brown), The Baltimore Waltz (Carl), Annie (Rooster), and Monty Python’s Spamalot (Sir Galahad). Jeremy is very proud to be a part of the historic Forst Inn’s 2019 Season!
Kevin James Sievert (Music Director/Choreographer) is a Wisconsin based actor and musician who is proud to have been a part of the Forst Inn family since its re-opening in 2017. Kevin made his professional theatrical debut in Milwaukee at Skylight Music Theatre in 2017, and has participated as a director/choreographer for various productions with Forst Inn and The Masquers, Inc. in Manitowoc. Outside of performing, Kevin can be found at Plymouth High School teaching voice in their choir department, slinging coffee at Wrap It Up, Manitowoc, and relaxing. with family and friends. He hopes you enjoy the 2019 season and keep coming back for more!
Sean Stalvey (Matt) has previously been in multiple theatre productions at the Forst Inn including “The Glass Menagerie” and “The 39 Steps”. Sean began his interest in theatre in high school and with the Peter Quince Performing Company, playing Flute and Piccolo in the pit orchestras. He started to pursue theatre on-stage at UW-Manitowoc, where he earned the 2018 UW-Manitowoc Fine Arts in Theatre Award. Having graduated with an Associate of Arts and Science Degree at UW-Manitowoc, Sean is currently a student at UW-Green Bay pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Theatre. In his free time, Sean enjoys astronomy and watching movies.